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Explotation Cinema: Satan's Slave / Terror (1976)

Michael Gough , John Nolan , James Garrick , Norman J. Warren  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Gough, John Nolan
  • Directors: James Garrick, Norman J. Warren
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ATO9HK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Explotation Cinema: Satan's Slave / Terror" on IMDb

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Satan s Slave
A young girl moves in with her Uncle Alexander after her parents car mysteriously explodes. After being taken in by her cousins, she soon begins suffering strange visions. But what she doesn t know is that her planned role in the house is more sinister than she could have expected.

British director, James Garrick, throws a party in celebration of his latest horror movie. Three hundred years earlier, the diabolical witch, Mad Molly, placed a curse on his family after they burned her at the stake. The descendants and party-goers soon begin dying in brutally inventive fashion

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody British Exploitation Double Feature January 2, 2009
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This double-feature DVD includes two 1970s exploitation flicks from British director Norman J. Warren: SATAN'S SLAVE (1976) and TERROR (1978). Both films were penned by David McGillivray, who also scripted two excellent films--HOUSE OF WHIPCORD (1974) and FRIGHTMARE (1974)--from the better-known director of British horror and exploitation, Pete Walker.

SATAN'S SLAVE, the weaker of these two films, stars beautiful Candace Glendenning as a young woman who is the descendant of a powerful and evil witch. After her parents are killed in a suspicious accident, she goes to live with an uncle and his son, and soon after she discovers that her relatives plan to sacrifice her during a ritual that will resurrect her infamous ancestor.

While the acting is okay and the directing adequate, the script for SATAN'S SLAVE is rather uneven and the plot is overly convoluted and hard to follow. As an exploitation horror flick, however, this film delivers the goods with plenty of gratuitous nudity and numerous gore shots that include a smashed head, a bloody suicide, and a gruesome eyeball stabbing.

The second film, TERROR, is the actual highlight of this double feature. It opens as a mob of medieval villagers capture a fleeing witch and attempt to burn her at the stake. The witch calls upon satanic forces to rescue her from her the flames, and as she escapes, she places a curse upon the descendants of the noblewoman who incited the villagers to rise up against her. This entire scene is then revealed to be the ending of a horror film, and the filmmaker claims that the story is based upon true events from his own family history. He and his female cousin, he says, are the last descendants of the noblewoman whose family was cursed by the witch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining slice of British horror double bill March 3, 2010
Both of these films by Norman Warren are certainly worth the look with "Satans Slave" being the more exploitative of the two with plenty of T&A, welcome frontal nudity, torture and mayhem - even if it doesn't make alot of sense.

I should point out that while "Satans Slave" is a reasonably good transfer it's mastered just from a standard well used 35mm release print that contains plenty of scratches, blunt splices and projection cue marks at reel ends. Also the print is noticably cut in a number of sequences in what i first assumed to be British film censor cuts. The naked flogging scene flashback is severely truncated as is the subsequent burning to death. The eyeball stabbing is there but has been reduced by some frames as have a couple of other scenes with so called 'sexusalised violence/horror'.

Still, it's worth a look in a decent 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that does the best possible with the print in question.

The other half of the double bill "Terror" is a different story entirely. In many ways a Dario Argento-esque thriller (as director Warren himself acknowledged) with artfully shot and staged murder scenes and a generally competant level displayed all round in all departments. Less of the T&A here and more on atmosphere.

The cast are uniformly good and the film is constantly interesting although it doesn't really last the distance and peters out some ways before the last reel.
Unlike it's sister feature "Satans Slave", "Terror" has been mastered from a beautiful print, possibly even an interpositive instead of a regular release print as it looks superb on even a big screen 55" LCD monitor. Terrific colour and definition here. It's 1.85:1 or thereabouts.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terror August 4, 2008
Satan's Slave

Satan's Slave (1976) delivers the wares. It's not for all tastes, but the effective atmosphere (Warren had obviously seen a few Brit Horror films, which helps) and the well-staged scenes of death and paranormal mayhem in the last half of the film are worth the price of admission alone. It's certainly beyond comparison above the 'typical' British horror films of the day and the wide screen photography, coupled with fittingly garish colors courtesy of (one assumes) outmoded film stock, looks superb. There's also a glorious cameo from Michael Gough, one of those "I know his face, but what's his name?" actors if ever there was one, and a decapitation set-piece that curiously plays like a low-budget homage to David Warner's grisly death in THE OMEN, whilst pointing the way forward to the lift-shaft carnage in that film's sequel. This is a solid-gold champion example of the kind of film that would never get made nowadays, anywhere, and will undoubtedly bring back fond memories of late night horror double features down at the local flick pit for Horror viewers of a certain age.


Terror (1978) completely lacks the edgy, tense, paranoid atmosphere of foreboding doom that marked Warren's Satan's Slave (1976) and the lighthearted nastiness, and the result is a tedious experience indeed, with a sub-standard messy performances, several sequences that make little sense and a central premise that just seems corny to our modern sensibilities. The opening credits should give you your first warning that something's astray, because no fewer than FIVE directors of photography are credited, which is probably why the overall look of the film is so muddled - for every sequence that assembles a degree of low-budget atmosphere, there are several that have the over-lit, barrel-scraping feel of a cheap public information film. In all, a mournful disappointment and a missed opportunity.
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Satan's Slave

Satan's Slave (1976) delivers the wares. It's not for all tastes, but the effective atmosphere (Warren had obviously seen a few Brit Horror films, which... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
4.0 out of 5 stars British horror from the 70's
Two British horror films from the 70's that get the double feature treatment. If you like British horror, these are two good ones.
Published 10 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this type of trash
I bought this as a present for my husband. He loves this type of cinema and this did not disappoint.
Published 17 months ago by On the Tardis
3.0 out of 5 stars Moonshine Goat Herd
Disclaimer: Both of these sterling gems from across the pond are included in The Gorehouse Greats Collection, which is the venue in which I saw them. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by Bryan Byrd
3.0 out of 5 stars Witches and cultists and ghosts oh my!
Satan's Slave/Terror (1976/1979) The same producers and director made these two British horror flicks three years apart in the 70`s. Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Craig Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars am i on Satan drugs?!?
unlike the other reviewers, i thought Satan's Slave was really great and Terror was really bad.

Terror was boring, cliched, and not exploitative at all. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by Darrick Dishaw
3.0 out of 5 stars the terror saves the day.
The terror is the reason to pick this up. It's a good low budget horror movie from the uk. The plot is straightforward and easy to understand. Read more
Published on December 5, 2008 by Michael Dobey
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